2 Samuel 24 – The Lord’s anger burned against Israel – Again…
David decided to take a census of Israel and Judah. David was very troubled and realized he had acted very foolishly. He asked for forgiveness for his inequity; his passed down, twisted thinking.
God offered him three options:
- Seven years of famine
- Three months fleeing from his foes while they pursued him
- Or three days of pestilence in his land
David chose to fall into the hands of the Lord, not the hands of man; so the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel. 70,000 men died. David prayed that the punishment would be upon him alone and not the people who had not sinned. He purchased a threshing floor and oxen to build an altar. The owner tried to just give it to David. David responded, I will not offer a burnt offering to the Lord that cost me nothing.
God was moved and held back the plague from Israel.
1 Chronicles 21-22 – After God held back the plague, David begins to prepare to build the Temple. He gathered stonecutters, masons, and carpenters; gold, silver, iron, bronze, and timber. The Temple was going to be magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands. But the Lord said David had shed too much blood to be the one to build the Temple. David called his son, Solomon, and charged him with the building. God was going to bring peace and quiet to Israel in of Solomon’s days. Rest from all the enemies on every side.
Psalms 30 – A Psalm of David – “His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning … O Lord my God, I will give thanks to Thee forever!”
Today’s Nourishment: Father God, How often does our own pride get in our way as David’s did? Taking our own census, trying to show our own greatness. All we are is all you have made. We can do nothing in our own strength. May we always fall into your hands.
Thank you that your anger is but for a moment. Thank you that your favor is for a lifetime! We will give thanks to you, Forever!
Share your thanks with us.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Psalms 108-110
Kelly Quinn, South Carolina, mom of seven